Olive Garden Introduces Meatball Pizza Bowl For Anyone Who Happens To Love Carbs

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Going to an Italian restaurant can be difficult. Do you want to eat pasta? Or do you want pizza? And if you go to Olive Garden, you’ve got to figure out how to fit in all of those delicious unlimited breadsticks.

Well, the casual, family-friendly spot just made lunchtime a lot easier by introducing a meatball pizza bowl to their menu!

Meatball. Pizza. Bowl. Yes, you read that right! Basically, it’s as if pizza and pasta met at a bar, had a one-night stand, and then nine months later an adorable little meatball pizza bowl entered the world.

This new creation consists of a bowl-shaped pizza crust which is then filled with meatballs, a rich, hearty red meat sauce, and of course, lots and lots of melty cheese including parmesan, mozzarella and asiago.

Take a look at the mouthwatering video below:


Oh … and did we mention, the meatball pizza bowl includes 10 meatballs and weighs an ENTIRE POUND?

Now, there is just one downside to this carbo-loaded, cheesy menu addition. It is only available on Olive Garden’s Lunch Duos menu:

That means you can only get it during lunch hours, so we guess we know where your office will be hosting its next birthday lunch. (Different franchises open at different times, so check your nearest Olive Garden location for their specific hours.)

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Here’s how Olive Garden’s Lunch Duos deal works: You can order any item off the lunch menu with a choice of unlimited soup or salad … and of course, unlimited breadsticks. And prices start at $6.99! All in all, it’s a pretty good value.


Options include the new meatball pizza bowl, the grilled vegetable and cheese piadina or the chicken parmigiana breadstick sandwich.


Or get a mini pasta bowl, such as the spaghetti with meat sauce or the fettuccine Alfredo. Prices vary depending on the dish you choose; for instance, the meatball pizza bowl will set you back $8.99.

One happy customer showed off his meatball pizza bowl on Instagram, calling the dish an “innovation.”


Of course, you will be sure to go into a major food coma following a carb-heavy lunch like that, but hey, it’ll be worth it.

RELATED VIDEO: These kids have some serious pizza-tossing skills!

If you’re looking for an even bigger pizza, behold this gigantic 100-pound pizza! This larger-than-life pie was made with 50 pounds of dough, 25 pounds of tomato sauce and 35 pounds of cheese. Wow!

The 72-inch pizza was made by Mallie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Michigan. It was so big, they had to cook it in an outdoor over. The restaurant is hoping their massive pizza makes a new Guinness World Record (the current record-holder is a 54-inch pizza).

Take a look at how the folks at Mallie’s put together the 100-pound pizza in the video below:

OK, who’s hungry now?

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